Thursday 1 June 2017

This Volunteers Week we say a big thank you to our vital volunteers

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Running between 1-7 June, Volunteers' Week celebrates the contribution made by the millions of volunteers across the UK.

Emmaus provides a home and meaningful work for 34 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. The charity’s volunteers assist in a variety of roles in the Emmaus shop, coffee shop and warehouse in Cambridge, serving customers and sorting donations – with all proceeds supporting the local charity’s work.

Amanda Stekly a volunteer at Emmaus Cambridge has been giving up her time since early this year said:

“I have been a customer at Emmaus for quite a long time, buying furniture and other bits and pieces for props as part of my job as a designer for film and theatre. Emmaus is the perfect place to find props and donate them back when you are finished with them. You can get items from all periods at reasonable prices.

The most enjoyable thing about volunteering at Emmaus is the people I get to work with, there are such amazing people here, and they really are inspirational. The companions are wonderful, not just because of what they have been through but their sense of humour, sense of humanity and the fact that we all work as team. I also love ferreting around and finding little treasures and I enjoy helping customers to find treasures.

It’s just so rewarding and so much fun, I have a great time when I come in and I really look forward to coming in, you get a lot more from it than you are putting in”.

Diane Docherty, Community Director at Emmaus Cambridge said:

“We are truly grateful for all of our volunteers for bringing their skills and devoting their time to our charity. We have a wonderful group of people who become part of Emmaus family and who are instrumental for the development of the business and companions.

"We'd like to say a huge thank you to every volunteer who contributes to the vital work we do at Emmaus. During Volunteers' Week, we'd also like to encourage anyone considering volunteering to get in touch and find out more. Volunteering is a good way to meet new people and pick up new skills, whether you’re just starting out in work, looking for a new challenge or taking your career in a new direction. No previous experience is needed all that’s required is a smile and willingness to roll up your sleeves to help us out.”